Guillermo Suarez, MD; Thomas D. Sabin, MD
To the Editor: In 1895 Bernhardt described the syndrome of numbness, burning, and paresthesia in the anterolateral aspect of the thigh, corresponding with the distribution of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. That same year Roth termed this syndrome "meralgia paresthetica." Many causes have been suggested including mechanical factors such as obesity, ascites, abdominal distention, pregnancy, and trauma to the inguinal region (1, 2). Wartenberg (3) postulated an association with various infections including herpes zoster. Meralgia paresthetica has also been reported in association with intrapelvic processes and vertebral or disk lesions (4), and Massey reported a familial occurrence of the syndrome
Suarez G, Sabin TD. Meralgia Paresthetica and Hypothyroidism. Ann Intern Med. ;112:149. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-2-149_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(2):149.
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